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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for March 6-8, 1865

As General Grant tightened his grip on Richmond, and Sherman was coming up from behind, residents of the city looked forward fearfully to its evacuation by General Lee’s army. Saturday, March 4, 1865 J. B. Jones John Beauchamp Jones (1810-1866) … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for March 4-5, 1865

NOTE: General Jubal Early commanded the last Confederate force in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. On March 2, 1865, in an encounter at Waynesboro with cavalry units under Union General Philip H. Sheridan, Early’s army was defeated, routed, and for all practical … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for March 1-3, 1865

Wednesday, March 1, 1865 J. B. Jones John Beauchamp Jones (1810-1866) was a writer who worked in the Confederate War Department in Richmond during the war. His diary was published in 1866 as “A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary at the … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for Feb 28, 1865

Tuesday, February 28, 1865 J. B. Jones John Beauchamp Jones (1810-1866) was a writer who worked in the Confederate War Department in Richmond during the war. His diary was published in 1866 as “A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary at the … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for Feb 26-27, 1865

Sunday, February 26, 1865 J. B. Jones John Beauchamp Jones (1810-1866) was a writer who worked in the Confederate War Department in Richmond during the war. His diary was published in 1866 as “A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary at the … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for Feb 23-25, 1865

Thursday, February 23, 1865 Emma Leconte Emma Florence LeConte (1847-1932) lived in Columbia, SC and witnessed Sherman’s burning of the city. “Yankees – that word in my mind is a synonym for all that is mean, despicable and abhorrent.” The … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for Feb 22, 1865

Wednesday, February 22, 1865 As J. B. Jones anticipates, Wilmington, NC fell to the Union on this day. General Sherman had taken Columbia, SC on the 17th. Though he denied ordering it to be burned, when his troops left, Columbia … Continue reading

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Varina Davis’s critical assessment of Confederate spy Rose Greenhow

As a Confederate spy in Washington, Rose Greenhow used her relationships with men in high level positions in the Union government or military to gain access to sensitive information. She was eventually caught, imprisoned in Washington, then banished across Confederate … Continue reading

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Virginia’s Governor urges use of slaves as Confederate Soldiers

By December of 1864 it was clear to anyone who cared to see that the Confederacy was fast approaching exhaustion. Union armies under Grant in Virginia and Sherman in Georgia had placed a chokehold on the military resources of the … Continue reading

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States rights would doom the Confederacy even if they won the war

Would the Confederacy have become a powerful nation if they had won the Civil War? Probably not. Their commitment to state sovereignty would have soon torn them apart. By the summer of 1864 Southerners were sick of the Civil War. … Continue reading

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